Written by: Paul Burke
No, it is not the 2-9 record, the implosion of the defense that ranks at the bottom of the league in so many categories, the woeful OL or the locker room turmoil. This is the pinnacle. Whether Eli is washed up or just a bystander of a dysfunctional football team does not really matter. The man brought you two Super Bowls – one single-handedly – when he played the best stretch of his career. He’s handled himself with grace, class and put the team ahead of himself. This is purely about how this dysfunctional organization managed the situation, and how it never should have lead to this.
Davis Webb, as we all know, is the QB who needs to see minutes on the field, but it may as well be the distance from Earth to Mars. The team was headed nowhere, and anyone with a half a brain figured that out sometime in early October. A proactive front office would implore the coaching staff for the good of the organization to start getting Webb reps in practice. He should have been groomed at that point to be number two on the depth chart. But no, they were too busy being delusional and arrogant in the belief that they could turn things around.
It doesn’t take a degree in statistics from M.I.T. to figure out the probability of your team making the playoffs was as great as getting struck by lightning. No, you continue to stash him deep on the depth chart, getting reps portraying your next opponent week in and week out. Back in October, when Webb was getting practice reps with the first- and second-string offense, it would have been a rather simple transition even prior to this upcoming game. When you were getting your head blown off by the Rams, that was the opportunity to insert Webb for mop up.
That is just one example where a seamless transition could have been made for Eli to step down instead of dropping a bomb of the fan base that Eli has been sent to the bench, and Geno “Freaking” Smith is the starter. Talk about an insult. Many Giants fans abhor the Jets and we have even mocked them in the past, rightfully so. How insulting is it to have a Jets castoff taking over for the QB who is perhaps the best in franchise history? Think about those optics, John Mara.
Good God, do we need to blow this thing up and rebuild in so many dire ways!
More to come about the new-age GM and what the organization should be modeling itself around.